Domaine Lucien Crochet 2018 Sancerre Blanc, La Croix du Roy, AOC
Item Number: 14618
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Croix du Roy
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Oxfordian "caillottes" and Kimmeridgian "terres blanches" (white earth)
Winemaker Notes: It was Lucien Crochet’s marriage to the daughter of Lucien Picard, and the subsequent fusion of the domaines of Lucien Picard and André Crochet (father of Lucien), that created the Domaine Lucien Crochet. Monsieur Picard was one of the very first growers in the Sancerre district to begin bottling his wines and selling them primarily to restaurants in Paris. Lucien Crochet expanded the work of his father-in-law and, over a thirty year period, also expanded the domaine so that it now encompasses 38 hectares of vineyards, almost all of which are located in the village of Bué with smaller holdings in the neighboring villages of Vinon and Crézancy.
Twenty-nine hectares are planted to Sauvignon Blanc and the remaining 9 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir. The soils are clay and limestone from the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian eras. The vineyards are on slopes of varying severity and run from south-east to south to southwest in their exposure to the sun. Since 1989 only organic supplements have been used in the vineyards which are planted to a density of between 6600 (older plantings) to 8700 vines per hectare.
Vineyard Notes: The grapes are sourced from several parcels that are planted in rocky, white soils with an east-southeast exposure (including the "Clos du Roy").
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were hand-picked and sorted a first time in the vineyard before being brought to the winery. The grapes were then table-sorted before being completely destemmed. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel with with a late racking to insure that the wine captures the essence of the terroir. The wine is bottled in September of the year following harvest.
Tasting Notes: This cuvée is the most full-bodied and masculine of the three core Sancerres of the domaine. Flavors of pear, grapefruit, and honeydew melon.